Embracing a Healthy Family: Pettiness & Giving this Christmas: Military Respect

Pettiness & Giving this Christmas: Military Respect

I try to stay out of politics on my blog but being pro-military and an Army wife, I took great delight in this news story on Yahoo:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_calif_senate_race_ma_am

If you hadn't heard, during a hearing back in June while Brig. General Michael Walsh was testifying, he was interupped by Senator Boxer mid-sentence with "Do me a favor?" she said. "Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it. Yes, thank you."

To me, that is insulting to the military as they are accustomed to using "Sir" and "Ma'am" when addressing someone and there was no intended insult directed to Senator Boxer.  I saw this as a cheap shot in a growing trend of disrespect for our military.  I hope this Christmas, everyone takes a moment to understand and appreciate why we in this GREAT country, have the freedom to celebrate under any religion we want due to the countless men and women who have and continue to defend our nation.

I was writing Christmas letters from Santa to my six year old's classmates as a showing of sharing.  As I read the want lists from the parents, it's truly heart wrenching.  One was a request to have her father home from Iraq and another was from a mom who said all her three kids wanted were for their father to come home from being treated for his wounds at the Wounded Warriors hospital over three hours away.  This military member has been away from his family being treated for two years now.  Four children personally affected by these unselfish men defending our country and a senator is going to be high and mighty and call a General on his addressing?

Next year, my children will have the same wish and that is their father to be home from Kuwait.  I harbor no ill wills or unfairness jabs as this is my duty as an Army wife as well as my duty as a great patriot of this wonderful country.

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